Junior Recreational Overview

The Junior Recreational Program provides a fun, safe, and developmentally-appropriate soccer environment for 6- to 9-year old players of all ability levels.

This 4-year program provides the FUNdamental and Foundational layers of the LTPD model started in our younger programs and introduces another layer of the Gulf Coast Soccer curriculum that helps players grow in their technical skills and knowledge of the game.

The Junior Rec Program provides playing options for all U7-U10 players based on their birth year. Once participants outgrow the Junior Rec Program, they will have the option of moving to the Academy Program (up to U10) or continuing to play in the Senior Recreational Program or trying out for one of our higher level Competitive soccer teams at U11 and above.

Key Objectives & Methodology of the U7-U8 Rec Program

· Key Objectives: Aid the development of gross motor skills, learn basic soccer skills, improve social interaction, and inspire players to love and grow in the game.

· Methodology:  Fun, soccer-related practice activities develop confidence with the ball and challenge players to experiment with new techniques. Small-sided games reduce coaching interventions and teach players to cooperate with teammates while competing with opponents.

Key Objectives & Methodology of the U9-U10 Rec Program 

· Key Objectives: Build on prior athletic development, gain confidence in performing a wide variety of skills (using the left and right sides of the body) under pressure, expose a player to different tactical roles, and inspire players to love and grow in the game

· Methodology: Practices focus on skill mastery by using repetition to maximize ball contacts for each player and introduce small-sided tactical concepts. 7v7 games require players to work in units of 2s and 3s to solve a full range of tactical challenges using the skills rehearsed in training.

U7-U8 Team and Season Information

· Season Length: 14 weeks (fall) or 10 weeks (spring)

· Game Format: Small-sided 4v4 (no goalkeepers)

· Team Structure: 7-8 player/teams, co-ed

· Practice Frequency: Two (2) per week, 60 minutes each, beginning approximately 1 month before the first game.

· Games: One (1) each Saturday, (2) 20-minute halves

· Coaching: Volunteer coaches receive full-season GCS curriculum, free online and in-person training from US Soccer and mentoring from GCS Technical Director and staff coaches.

U9-U10 Team and Season Information

· Season Length: 14-weeks (fall), 10-weeks (spring), postseason playoff possibilities 

· Game Format: Small-sided 7v7 (including goalkeepers)

· Team Structure: 12-14 player/teams 

· Practice Frequency: Two (2) per week, 75 minutes each, beginning approximately 1 month prior to the first game

· Games: One (1) each Saturday, (2) 25-minute halves

· Coaching: Volunteer coaches receive full-season GCS curriculum, free online and in-person training from US Soccer and mentoring from GCS Technical Director and staff coaches.

U7-U8 Equipment:

· Size 3 soccer ball with a name on it (U7-U8)

· Soccer cleats

· Shin-guards

· Adequately sized water bottle (with a name on it)

· GCS Rec Uniform Kit (purchased separately at registration)

U9-U10 Equipment:

· Size 4 soccer ball with a name on it (U9-U10)

· Soccer cleats

· Shin-guards

· Adequately sized water bottle (with a name on it)

· GCS Rec Uniform Kit (purchased separately with registration)